Thursday, March 23, 2006

HIV infection among Malaysian women on the rise



'The number of women infected with HIV in Malaysia is on the rise, and housewives outnumber female sex workers four to one, the Malaysian AIDS Council said Wednesday. In 1986, when the first AIDS cases were discovered in Malaysia, there were no female victims, but by 2004 women accounted for 7 percent of all HIV infections, the council said. Of the 67,438 people found to be infected with HIV between 1996 and 2004, 4,841 were women. Of these, 1,756 were housewives and 435 were sex workers, said the council, Malaysia's main non-governmental group dealing with AIDS. Housewives have been infected through their spouses, council President Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman said. The council said it believes the actual number of infected women is higher because many do not come forward for tests and suffer the disease in silence...' More

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